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Conservative councillors elect new leader

Members of the Conservative group of councillors at Hounslow Council have elected Cllr Gerald McGregor as their leader.

Published: Thursday, 30th July 2020

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The new appointment for the 2020/21 Council year was made at the Conservative Group’s AGM last night.

Cllr McGregor replaces Cllr Joanna Biddolph, who has served as Leader of the Opposition since May 2019.

Speaking after his election, Cllr McGregor said: “I want to pay tribute to Joanna Biddolph for all her work over the last year.  Her staunch defence of residents and businesses in Chiswick has won her many admirers.  I know that she will continue to play a major part in the Hounslow Conservative group.

“I also want to thank publicly all staff of Hounslow Council for the way they have pulled together and led our borough through the Covid-19 pandemic.  From food deliveries to strategic management, the council has been central to dealing with this dreadful disease.  The hard work of all involved – including many community volunteers – has helped to reduce the impact of Covid-19 in the borough.

“My themes for the next year are: protect, engage and advance.

“As councillors we must protect the residents of Chiswick and Feltham whom we represent.  Engaging with voters across the borough, including those who disagree with our views will be a central theme of the next year.  Providing alternative policies and programmes will be a key theme over the next two years as we move towards the next borough elections in 2022.”

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Cllr McGregor in his election to be the new leader of the opposition Tory Group.

“Cllr McGregor is a longstanding and very experienced Councillor. Having been a Cabinet Member of the Tory-led coalition administration between 2006 to 2010, he brings a wealth of experience to the role. I look forward to continuing working with him to ensure the Council does everything it can to not only fight the coronavirus pandemic but also working on the economic recovery for the borough.

“I would also like to thank Cllr Biddolph for her work as leader of the Tory group over the last twelve months. I wish her well for the future.”

 

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